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The Seamstress

The dress of your dreams can turn into the stuff of nightmares with the wrong Seamstress.  Read on for tips to ensure your spot-on, perfectly-fitted dress!

In the weeks leading up to your wedding day, you will be meeting with your seamstress for any necessary alterations to make your gown fit like a glove.  These can be anything from a hem, bustle, take in, let out, and strap adjustments, to additional work to personalize your dress such as sewing in a handkerchief or other sentimental piece, adding buttons, changing the neckline shape, and more.

Some bridal stores charge a flat fee.  This is okay if you need lots of work done and multiple fittings, but definitely not great if you only need a few  changes.

Whatever alterations your wedding dress requires, there are some very important things to do prior to starting them.

  1. First fitting.  Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo recommends scheduling this 4-5 weeks before your wedding because you are closest to your wedding shape and weight.  You will put your dress on and consult with the seamstress on adjustments.  The communication must be clear and you must feel confident that she cares about you.  She will pin areas where the work will be done.  Also, bring your shoes for hemming and bustling purposes.
  2. Find out an estimate of costs prior to having the work done.  Hemming dresses with numerous layers, doing beadwork, removing/replacing appliques, these can add up so find out approximate cost first.  (If your bridal store charges a flat fee, reconfirm there are no additional fees involved.)
  3. If you feel like that particular seamstress is not a good fit for you, find another one.  Recommendations from other brides, community groups, and online searches/reviews can lead you to another who may provide you the peace of mind and confidence required.
  4. At your last fitting, make sure to take someone along for bustle instructions.  The bustle is the lifting of the train of your gown (using buttons or hooks) that is done prior to the reception, allowing you to dance and move about without stepping on your train.  You may even want to take a video of it, just in case a few glasses of champagne get in the way of remembering…

An idea to consider is to schedule your hair/make up trial just before your fitting, so you can see your look come together!

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo has trusted and experienced seamstresses doing fittings both in-store and in-studio.  We also have relationships with numerous others who may be more of a fit for difficult schedules, locations, etc.

In addition, we work with bridal vendors who will do custom sizing, changes, petite cuts,  custom lengths, and various other changes directly to your dress as it is being made and this can lead to real savings in your alterations costs.

The outstanding women we work with – our bridal consultants and our seamstress partners – are committed to making your dress perfect so you feel beautiful and confident on one of the most special days of your life.  From the dressing room to the aisle, make your bridal appointment with us, find your dream dress, and let us take 5-star care of you.

 

 

Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 4: Tips for Your Wedding Registry

Our bride-to-be Kathleen is back with some more great advice, this time on the wedding registry!  Have you thought about this step yet or did you learn anything along the way that would help another bride?  Share your tip here!

Wedding Registry: Bridal Shop in Bucks County

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Guest Blogger: Photo Booth for Your Wedding Reception

Armani EntertainmentThinking of a Photo Booth for your reception?  We spoke with Art Armani from Armani Entertainment to get more info on his business which also includes DJs, Karaoke, and Trivia services!  A great package to consider for the ultimate in guest entertainment.

One of the most fun ideas you can incorporate into your wedding reception – or any event – is the Photo Booth.  Consider at a wedding not everyone may want to dance and a photo booth offers an entertainment option for those guests as well as those who do like to dance.

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Everything You Need to Know About Prom Flowers

Courtesy of Blue Violet Flowers and Gifts, Warrington PA

prom flowers from Blue Violet Flowers & GIfts

This week’s guest bloggers are Val and Cindy from the Blue Violet Flowers & Gifts shop in Warrington!

Many pass this adorable store on Route 611 at Bristol Road, but have you stopped in?  Known primarily for their incredible bridal and prom flowers, they also have adorable and unique gifts for every occasion!   Recently I went in for flowers and came out with not only the flowers but the most darling set of baby socks (which saved me a separate gift run) and a delicious bag of gourmet popcorn (cause why not treat myself?).  The store is displayed perfectly and each section sucks you farther in.  Definitely stop by – you will love it and you will not leave empty handed!

If you have prom goers in the Bucks County area, chances are you’ve heard that THE place to order from is Blue Violet.  Known to have the best, most up-to-date, and just downright perfect prom flowers, we tapped their expertise this week!  We had to get it now because with the tsunami of spring bridal and prom orders speeding their way they won’t have much time for blogging…

Read on to find out what you need to know!

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Saying Yes… To Your Prom Dress!

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Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo has a separate prom store dedicated to Prom!  Darianna Prom & Tuxedo in Warrington, Bucks County is known for customer service, top-quality gowns from top-name designers, and fantastic suit and tuxedo specials every year for the guys!

With prom dress shopping heading into full swing, let’s do a blog on Prom!  The first step, of course, is:

Saying Yes… To Your Prom Dress!

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A Lasting Impression: Your Wedding Photographer

Phillip Gabriel Photography logoAs proud members of the NACE Greater Philadelphia chapter, we meet monthly with some of the most professional and dedicated vendors in the wedding industry.  Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is excited to feature in this blog a photographer who embodies the excitement and emotion of the perfect photograph.

Phillip Gabriel Photography was started by Philip and Gabriel Fredericks, a father and son team.  Thirteen years ago, Gabe took over the business and has been clicking ever since!

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Tone Up For the Wedding & Become a #FitWifeForLife

Guest Blogger:  Stephanie Boyne, Certified Fitness Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

virtual bootcamp workout programAside from the many awesome aspects of my job, I get to blog.   I like to feature different vendors, brides, my staff, etc., and this time I want to feature someone who has her own awesome business who also happens to be my friend.  She is down to earth, real, funny, and she gets it.

One of her passions is fitness and I want to feature her now because 1) it’s bridal season and 2) every day I hear women say, “Well, I’m going to lose weight for the wedding.”

I’m writing this blog so you can actually do that – not only for the wedding, but for long after.

Stephanie Boyne has taught group fitness classes for the past 14 years at LaCrest, the YMCA, and for the past four years she’s been at Cornerstone teaching large groups and small Tribe groups.  She’s seen a lot over those years and one thing is universal.  When lives become too busy, one of the first things that falls by the wayside is a fitness regimen.

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Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 3:  The Food

In her next installment in her journey to the aisle, Kathleen gives some good insight and information on a very important part of the event… the food.  From the h’ors d’oeuvres to the desserts, soup to nuts, this takes serious thought and planning.  Read on to find out how she is doing with this part of the process!

apple cinnamon and anise treats

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Start Your Newly-Engaged Year With Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Happy New Year!!

Congratulations if you recently got engaged!  What a wonderfully exciting and special time in your life.

You may be nervous to start trying on wedding dresses so we will break the ice.  If you like what you read, you will love the real thing.

Our goal is to make sure you have a wonderful experience.  We definitely know the difference it makes when you receive great service over average service.  We want all of our customers to feel cared for and appreciated.

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The 2016 Wrap Up and the 2017 Plans

We celebrated 2016 and are planning the heck out of 2017!

Our incredible staff.  New bridal lines.  New tuxedos, suits, and accessories.  Maid and groomsmen gifts.  Our 4-year Birthday Party weekend.  More trunk shows, sample sales, the list goes on and on!  We never get tired of finding even more ways to make our customers smile and have a great time with us.

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